Dedicated to sharing a message of self-worth and modesty, Kylie Bisutti left her modeling career to commit her life to her Christian beliefs.
In 2009, Bisutti won the Victoria’s Secret Model Search competition as a recently married 19-year-old. She beat 10,000 other girls who competed and launched her modeling career.
“Victoria’s Secret was my absolutely biggest goal in life, and it was all I ever wanted career-wise,” Bisutti told FOX411 in an interview.
Bisutti became a successful lingerie model, but in December 2011 she announced via Twitter that she had decided to stop modeling lingerie: “I personally feel that I am not honoring God or my husband by doing it.”
She explained that her faith and marriage were driving factors in her decision to leave that branch of the fashion industry.
“My marriage is very important & with divorce rates rising I want to do everything I can to protect my marriage and be respectful to my husband,” Bisutti said on Twitter. “God graciously gave me this marriage and this life and my desire is to live a godly faithful life.”
In addition to protecting her marriage, Bisutti also wants to serve as a positive role model for girls. A particular experience with her then-8-year-old cousin prompted Bisutti to reconsider what her modeling career promoted.
“I had a crazy encounter with my younger cousin. I was doing my makeup in the mirror one day and she was just watching me,” Bisutti said in an interview on "Good Morning America." “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ and she just looked at me and she was like, ‘You know, I think I want to stop eating so that I could look like you.’ And it just broke my heart because she looks up to me and ... she (thought she) had to do that to be beautiful.”
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Bisutti said she left the lingerie modeling because of the messages it sent to both women and men.
“I believe that the types of images I took when I was a lingerie model brought a lot of men into temptation and ... I don’t believe in watching pornography at all. I would be heartbroken if my husband were at all addicted to porn,” Bisutti said. “My heart is broken that images I took in the past and things I did in the past could have possibly brought men into that addiction. It’s really a struggle and a hard thing for me.”
Earlier this month, Bisutti released a book she wrote titled “I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model,” that follows her experience as a model, as well as her decision to leave the runway to live a life of “modesty and inner beauty.”
The book addresses the dangers of eating disorders and talks about the definition of real beauty.
Bisutti says that she will continue modeling, but that she will be selective in the jobs she accepts.
“I’m definitely going to pursue modeling,” Bisutti said. “I just want to be more wholesome about it and jobs that I choose are always going to be honoring the Lord.”
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